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Lindsey Hilsum & Paul Conroy: The Life of Marie Colvin£12

Few journalists have had the impact of Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times, who
was killed working in Syria in 2012.Two colleagues who knew her well talk about this extraordinary woman. Channel 4 News international editor Lindsey has written In Extremis – The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin. Photographer Paul was with Marie when she died and was badly injured himself. Under the Wire is his moving account of their last, tragic assignment together. Interviewed by Alistair Bunkall.

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Saturday September 28 - 02:00 pm
Town Hall

Chris Ryan: SAS Stories£9

No-one is better placed to write novels about the SAS than Chris, who was the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War. In his latest thriller Black Ops, the bestselling writer and broadcaster brings to life the dangerous world of the SAS from the Syrian Desert to the Brecon Beacons.

Sunday September 29 - 02:00 pm
Town Hall

Brough Scott & David Lough: The Making of Churchill£12

Two very different influences on Winston Churchill – his mother Jennie and his passion for horses. Award-winning biographer David joins us with Darling Winston, the first edited edition of the letters between mother and son over 40 years. In Churchill at the Gallop, acclaimed racing journalist Brough traces his love of horses from his pony at Blenheim and topping the riding class at Sandhurst, to a cavalry charge in the Sudan and polo hunting. A wonderful insight into the corners of Churchill’s life. Interviewed by Harry Mount.

Monday September 30 - 10:00 am
Phyllis Court

Jack Straw£12

The former Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor adds his name to the high- powered politicians to come to the festival. The English Job is about our difficult relationship with Iran. Amongst British diplomats there’s a rather poignant joke that Iran is the only country in the world which still regards the UK as a superpower. An opportunity to hear about Britain’s place in the Middle East, from one of our longest- serving Foreign Secretaries. Interviewed Alistair Bunkall.

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Clare Mulley & Sonia Purnell: The Women Who Spied£9

The London Library bring together two award-winning biographers to discuss what it took to be a woman at the heart of the war effort. Clare’s The Spy Who Loved is the biography of Britain’s first female special agent of WW2 who single-handedly secured the defection of an entire German garrison. Sonia’s A Women of No Importance is the untold story of the woman with a wooden leg who became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied spy. This event will be chaired by Rick Stroud.

In partnership with The London Library

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Terry Waite£12

Terry wrote his first book ‘in his head’ while being held captive in Beirut. Now a respected author and speaker, he returns to Henley with an affectionate and honest book, Travels with a Primate, about his decade travelling the globe with Robert Runcie, then Archbishop of Canterbury. This event will be a nostalgic return to the 1980s and as a delightful tribute to enduring friendship. He will be in conversation with James Runcie, the Archbishop’s son and acclaimed author.

Monday September 30 - 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Max Hastings: The Dambusters£14

It’s the dramatic true wartime story that became the classic 1955 film whose theme music stirs us all. Now Sir Max, a highly respected historian and true master of the art of storytelling, gives us a dramatic take of one of the most extraordinary episodes of the war in Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943, complete with great characters including the inventor Barnes Wallis, the tragic Guy Gibson and the hugely divisive Bomber Harris.

Tuesday October 01 - 04:00 pm
Christ Church

Jeremy Dronfield & Kurt Kleinmann: A Boy in Auschwitz£12

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann and his son, Fritz, were arrested by the SS and sent to Buchenwald.When Gustav and 400 other Jews were selected for transfer to the new camp at Auschwitz, Fritz couldn’t bear to be parted from his father and volunteered for the Auschwitz transport. Jeremy tells their story based on Gustav’s diary in The Boy who Followed his Father into Auschwitz. Appearing with him is Fritz’s younger brother Kurt who was nine when his father was arrested.

Sunday October 06 - 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

D.J. Taylor: Lost Girls£9

Journey back with D.J.Taylor to London of the Blitz and meet Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton and Janetta Parlade. In Lost Girls the lives of these glamorous and bohemian women racing through English literary and artistic life in the 1940s are brilliantly detailed.Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud, one married George Orwell and another became mistress of the King of Egypt and was flogged by him on the steps of the Royal Palace. Dull? Not for a moment.

Sunday October 06 - 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Max Hastings: The Dambusters£14

It’s the dramatic true wartime story that became the classic 1955 film whose theme music stirs us all. Now Sir Max, a highly respected historian and true master of the art of storytelling, gives us a dramatic take of one of the most extraordinary episodes of the war in Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943, complete with great characters including the inventor Barnes Wallis, the tragic Guy Gibson and the hugely divisive Bomber Harris.

Tuesday October 01 - 10/01/2019 04:00 pm
Christ Church

Clare Mulley & Sonia Purnell: The Women Who Spied£9

The London Library bring together two award-winning biographers to discuss what it took to be a woman at the heart of the war effort. Clare’s The Spy Who Loved is the biography of Britain’s first female special agent of WW2 who single-handedly secured the defection of an entire German garrison. Sonia’s A Women of No Importance is the untold story of the woman with a wooden leg who became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied spy. This event will be chaired by Rick Stroud.

In partnership with The London Library

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Brough Scott & David Lough: The Making of Churchill£12

Two very different influences on Winston Churchill – his mother Jennie and his passion for horses. Award-winning biographer David joins us with Darling Winston, the first edited edition of the letters between mother and son over 40 years. In Churchill at the Gallop, acclaimed racing journalist Brough traces his love of horses from his pony at Blenheim and topping the riding class at Sandhurst, to a cavalry charge in the Sudan and polo hunting. A wonderful insight into the corners of Churchill’s life. Interviewed by Harry Mount.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 10:00 am
Phyllis Court

Jack Straw£12

The former Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor adds his name to the high- powered politicians to come to the festival. The English Job is about our difficult relationship with Iran. Amongst British diplomats there’s a rather poignant joke that Iran is the only country in the world which still regards the UK as a superpower. An opportunity to hear about Britain’s place in the Middle East, from one of our longest- serving Foreign Secretaries. Interviewed Alistair Bunkall.

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Terry Waite£12

Terry wrote his first book ‘in his head’ while being held captive in Beirut. Now a respected author and speaker, he returns to Henley with an affectionate and honest book, Travels with a Primate, about his decade travelling the globe with Robert Runcie, then Archbishop of Canterbury. This event will be a nostalgic return to the 1980s and as a delightful tribute to enduring friendship. He will be in conversation with James Runcie, the Archbishop’s son and acclaimed author.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 02:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jeremy Dronfield & Kurt Kleinmann: A Boy in Auschwitz£12

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann and his son, Fritz, were arrested by the SS and sent to Buchenwald.When Gustav and 400 other Jews were selected for transfer to the new camp at Auschwitz, Fritz couldn’t bear to be parted from his father and volunteered for the Auschwitz transport. Jeremy tells their story based on Gustav’s diary in The Boy who Followed his Father into Auschwitz. Appearing with him is Fritz’s younger brother Kurt who was nine when his father was arrested.

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 12:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Chris Ryan: SAS Stories£9

No-one is better placed to write novels about the SAS than Chris, who was the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War. In his latest thriller Black Ops, the bestselling writer and broadcaster brings to life the dangerous world of the SAS from the Syrian Desert to the Brecon Beacons.

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 02:00 pm
Town Hall

D.J. Taylor: Lost Girls£9

Journey back with D.J.Taylor to London of the Blitz and meet Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton and Janetta Parlade. In Lost Girls the lives of these glamorous and bohemian women racing through English literary and artistic life in the 1940s are brilliantly detailed.Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud, one married George Orwell and another became mistress of the King of Egypt and was flogged by him on the steps of the Royal Palace. Dull? Not for a moment.

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Lindsey Hilsum & Paul Conroy: The Life of Marie Colvin£12

Few journalists have had the impact of Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times, who
was killed working in Syria in 2012.Two colleagues who knew her well talk about this extraordinary woman. Channel 4 News international editor Lindsey has written In Extremis – The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin. Photographer Paul was with Marie when she died and was badly injured himself. Under the Wire is his moving account of their last, tragic assignment together. Interviewed by Alistair Bunkall.

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Saturday September 28 - 09/28/2019 02:00 pm
Town Hall